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One of our favorite butterfly families, the Fritillary offers much color and geographic distribution. Their name is derived from the Latin word, fritillus, meaning chessboard; it is also the name of a flower featuring a checkered pattern.

There are fourteen species of the greater fritillaries (genus Speyeria) and sixteen lesser fritillaries (genus Bolloria). 

Most are orange and black with various checkered designs. Many are similar, and difficult to identify. Here are some common ones seen around the USA:

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia in East Texas - October 17, 2016

Variegated Fritillary

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Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

Mormon Fritillary

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Mormon Fritillary Butterfly

Great Spangled Fritillary

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Great Spangled Fritillary

Diana Fritillary

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Male Diana Fritillary Butterfly

Edwards Fritillary

Edwards Fritillary

Mexican Fritillary

Mexican Fritillary

Zerene Fritillary

Zerene Fritillary

Nokomis Fritillary

Nokomis Fritillary

 

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